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Of Wasps and Words and Other Things

August 22, 2013

Today Serena clamored out of the lake and said, “A warm towel! A warm towel!” as she wrapped herself in fluffy goodness. Then she paused and said, “Mama, was there ever a time when there weren’t towels? When towels hadn’t been invented yet?” “Yes,” I said. “What did people do to dry off then?” she [...]

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Go Play In Traffic!

March 18, 2013

A few days ago I posted about my unbooking project & my grand plan to send Rio to the bookstore around the corner on her own. I took Rio to the bookstore and had a conversation with the shop owner, Gil. He introduced himself to me and Rio, and said he’d be happy to have [...]

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In the Big Girl Zone!

November 8, 2012

“There is that “zone” word again, Mommy,” Serena announced from the back seat. “Z-O-N-E. Now I have seen that three times in my life.” She sounded exasperated, like some words have a lot of nerve showing up on three whole street signs in different parts of town. A fact she keyed into because she is [...]

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Best. Halloween. Ever.

November 1, 2012

And now for the Halloween post. Since the storm didn’t cause Halloween or any of its regularly scheduled rituals to be cancelled in our neighborhood, out we went with costumes and candy bags. My kids are the *perfect age* for trick-or-treating; old enough to “get it”, but not at all cynical about the process yet. [...]

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Here We Go Again With The Head Lice

October 14, 2012

A friend just let me know that his kids have lice, so I checked and sure enough, they’re crawling all over me. Since we found this out right at bedtime I didn’t thoroughly check the kids but I found what looked like nits on Rio’s head and have to assume both girls have them too. [...]

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Happy Kindergarten, Serena!

September 14, 2012

Serena started kindergarten on Monday and she *loves* it. She’s completely enamored of her teacher, her new friends, her classroom, and perhaps most of all: getting hot lunch at school. She’s in her bliss, going to Big Girl school with her friends. We’ve found the school incredibly welcoming and warm. A lot of parents have [...]

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Happy 5th Birthday, Serena!

July 20, 2012

Oh my beloved Serena! Here it is 10 days past your birthday and I am just now coming back to the blog to write your birthday letter. Happily for me you can’t read yet; I have a bit of a grace period here. I’ve spent these 10 days playing with your amazing five-year-old self. Some [...]

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Peas In A Pod (A Life Update)

July 5, 2012

We went camping recently. In fact, all kinds of things have been going on, here in real life. Martin went to Brazil and Argentina to visit family and old friends and give a speech at his old high school. I was flying solo with the kids for almost three weeks. Before that I spent 10 [...]

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The Problem with Guinea Pigs

July 2, 2012

So we have these two baby guinea pigs now; they’ve been here for about two weeks during which time they’ve nearly doubled in size. They’re extremely cute and docile; the kids are wildly in love with them. I doubt I’ll ever bond with a guinea pig, but even I have to admit these little guys [...]

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Choosing A School

April 10, 2012

Ah, school decision making. How I don’t love you. Deciding where to send my kids for school feels like one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made as a parent, especially this year. Here’s the sitch, for readers just tuning in: a few years ago I set out to homeschool my kids. Rio put a [...]

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